April Climate Events Galore!

Due to Saturday’s icy forecast, we’ll postpone the April meeting until Saturday, April 21, 4:00-5:30 p.m. at Isabella County Commission on Aging, 2202 S. Lincoln Road.

BUT please consider educating and enjoying yourself and friends at the excellent events coming up next week and the days thereafter. I especially recommend Peter Sinclair’s talks:

1) with a 2 NOAA researchers Wednesday, April 18, 7:00 p.m., CMU– Pearce Hall 127 on talking about climate

2) “The Case for Renewables” along with Marie & CCL, Monday, April 23, 7:00 p.m., Veterans Memorial Library Annex.

Then there are art and bird exhibits, poetry and artists talks—all good ways to share the topic with a friend who may not be following the many impacts of the changing climate. 

Visitors are always welcome to our open meetings. This month we’ll hear highlights from folks who attended the MI CCL conference, sign up for more April events to raise community awareness, and watch Amber Sullivan, TV meteorologist from Phoenix, AZ, on our monthly video call. Check out the events below, some of which are ours. (Note date correction to April 19th for the Speak for the Earth and the Climate Open Mic.)

Art Reach of Mid Michigan, Park Library of Central Michigan University, and Mt. Pleasant Citizens’ Climate Lobby/Education and others collaborated on hosting and sharing a calendar and publicity for climate and environmental events. Here’s what’s left. Take a friend or two with you when you check them out.

Climate Change Collaborative ExhibitApril 4-28at Art Reach, 111 E. Broadway, Mt. P.

of Special Concern,April 4 – May 23, Baber Room – CMU Park Library, 250 W. Preston, Mt.P. As we celebrate the tenets of Earth Day, the art of Justin Kellner and Jane Kramer reveals the beauty, while honoring concerns about the preservation and protection of our natural world.

Artists’ Presentationsby Justin Kellner and Jane KramerApril 24, 4:00 pm, Park Library Auditorium followed by reception in Baber Room 

2018: Year of the Bird exhibit, April 4-30, Veterans Memorial Library with photos taken by Chippewa Valley Audubon Club and mounts loaned by Mid Michigan Community College, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and sharing Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report

League of Women Voters general meeting on climate issues–What Individuals Can Do, Tues., April 17, 7:00 pm, Veterans Memorial Library Annex

CMU Earth Week activities

Sunday, April 15: Air
Monday, April 16: Land:
Tuesday, April 17: Water
Wednesday, April 18: Education: Peter Sinclair, Brent Lofgren, and Stephanine Gandulla are speaking on a panel about Climate Change and how to talk about Climate Change at 7 pm in Pearce 127.  Brent Lofgren is a NOAA Researcher focused on climate in the Great Lakes Basin Area. Stephanine Gandulla is a NOAA archaeologist from Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary who has attended an extensive training on how to talk about climate change.
Thursday, April 19: Food (Multiple groups, including Citizens’ Climate Lobby, tabling at UC Rotunda 11am-2pm)
Friday, April 20: Shelter
Saturday, April 21: Energy
Sunday, April 22: Collaboration (EARTH DAY!)

Speak for the Earth & the Climate Open Micat Art Reach, Thursday, April 19, 7:00-8:00 pm. Why Do YOU Care about the Earth & Climate?

Word Hammer, CMU student poets and performers of spoken word poetry, in conjunction with Art Reach of Mid Michigan and Mt. Pleasant Citizens’ Climate Lobby/Education, invite the university and the community to come together to celebrate the earth and climate that sustain us.

Surrounded by the Climate Change Collaborative Exhibit, Open Mic will be a noncompetitive opportunity, open to all, to share original poems or to read selections of nature writing that express your feelings or viewpoint.

The Sacred Seeds Symposium, Saturday, April 21 from 9 am to 5 pm at the Ziibiwing Center will be a variety of interesting and fun offerings that will include ceremony, guest speakers and a seed exchange! A screening of the film “SEED: The Untold Story” with Jane Goodall and Winona LaDuke is a movie about the “miraculous and vital” seed…” They feed us, clothe us, and provide the raw materials for our everyday lives. In a very real sense, they are life itself.”

Family Earth Day Drop-In Program Plastic Cap Mosaic at Art Reach of Mid Michigan Sunday, April 22 from 10 am to 2 pm, 111 E. Broadway in downtown Mt. Pleasant. On average, over 22 million pounds of plastic finds its way into our Great Lakes, polluting the water and scarring the natural beauty and wonder of our lake shores. Join us on Earth Day to help create a plastic cap mosaic mural to be displayed in the Idonea Hersee classroom, creating environmentally-friendly art while sparking discussions on other ways we can help keep plastics out of our waters. This event is open to everyone, and no pre-registration is required.

Peter Sinclair will present “The Case for Renewable Energy” with Marie Koper, Citizens’ Climate Lobby/Education, Monday, April 23, Veterans Memorial Library Annex, 7:00 pm

Artists’ Presentations by Justin Kellner and Jane Kramer, “of special concern,” April 24, 4:00 pm, Park Library Auditorium followed by reception in Baber Room

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